28-APR-2015: Noted film director, Muzaffar Ali lamented that hardly any effort had been made by film makers for unraveling the saga of India's first war of independence in 1857. He was delivering the 5th K.P. Singh Memorial Lecture on the "Language of Moving Images in the 21st century" at Kennedy Auditorium, Aligarh Muslim university.
Ali said that the colonial powers have in a very subtle manner used the film medium for promoting their "divide and rule" policy for polarizing different sections of society in the East and "protecting their own interests".
An alumnus of the Aligarh Muslim University, Muzaffar Ali said that this institution was uniquely placed for promoting and spreading India's unique composite culture through arts, mass communication and culture. He called upon AMU students to create "bridges of understanding" between different groups of people of India.
Paying rich tributes to Prof. K. P. Singh, Muzaffar Ali said that he was closely associated with him in Aligarh in the early 1960s. He said that the culture seen in Aligarh in those days was marked by the presence of literary figures and writers like Rahi Masoom Raza, Asghar Wajahat, Shahryar and K. P. Singh, who was always at the centre of such literary and cultural activities.
In his presidential remarks, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah (Retd.) said that Prof. K. P. Singh was one of the stalwarts of AMU. He said that the demonization of Indian Muslims in the film industry has to be stopped. He said that we are law abiding citizens of this great nation.
Gen. Shah said that AMU is a secular modern University and Prof. Singh was an icon of this institution.
On this occasion, Prof. Ramveer Singh, former Director, Central Hindi Institute highlighted the role and contribution of Prof. K. P. Singh in Hindi literature. He said that Prof. Singh was a progressive writer and alumnus of this University.
Dr. Tariq Islam, Coordinator of the Prof. K. P. Singh Memorial Lecture proposed a vote of thanks.
Related PicturesNoted film director, Mr. Muzaffar Ali delivering 5th Prof. K.P. Singh Memorial Lecture at AMU